Echoing Jesus’ Compassion
Echoing Jesus’ Compassion

By Rhoda Klein Miller  I rang up one of our church seniors this week. “You are the fourth person to call me from the church in the past week!” she reported.  I was relieved, delighted and proud that this church is energized...

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What Jesus would do
What Jesus would do

By Ryan Brousson What are we to do in times of crisis? In times of need? Are we to look out for ourselves, clearing store shelves of food and necessities? Hoarding everything we can so we can stay secure, like we see people doing during this...

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Unfamiliar Strangers
Unfamiliar Strangers

By Rhoda Klein Miller Its 1am and all fire alarm bells within three floors of hallways are ringing.  I pull myself out of bed while my husband insists he’ll remain under the covers “to keep the dog calm”.  Slipping into a coat...

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Posture of Welcome
Posture of Welcome

By Colin Griffiths The practice of shaking hands extends back at least to the 5th century BC in Greece. It indicated the greeting was made with peaceful intentions, showing the extended open palm carried no weapon, and the shake revealed none...

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God’s Ways
God’s Ways

By Colin Griffiths One of the reasons we have been talking about fighting for the last few weeks is that we all have power and sometimes we use it in unhealthy ways. We have this love hate relationship with power – We hate it when people...

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Stories of forgiveness
Stories of forgiveness

By Rhoda Klein Miller  There is something powerful about stories of forgiveness. Who can read Corrie ten Boom’s words in The Hiding Place about taking a leap of faith to forgive her former concentration camp guard without getting misty...

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His desire in us
His desire in us

By Laurel Mason There is no lack for stories in the news of an outcry for social justice. Whether it is in the form of kneeling, wearing a neon vest or general protest, people are coming together to demand better distribution of wealth...

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Frenemies
Frenemies

By Rhoda Klein Miller  The scene played out on crisp black and white video captured by a nighttime camera focussed on a culvert opening beneath a highway in California. The movement of a coyote triggered a sensor and began the recording. What...

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The father of bullying
The father of bullying

By Ryan Brousson  Bullying. Has it happened to you? Have you ever bullied someone else? I am sure we have all experienced or participated in some form of bullying. Sadly we live in a world that contains bullying: physical, psychological...

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Lunar New Year
Lunar New Year

By Rhoda Klein Miller  During the Lunar New Year it is a common tradition in asian communities to give red packets containing money. Some ancient folklore suggests these gifts were to ward off evil spirits and bring a blessing to the recipient. ...

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The fruit of the Holy Spirit
The fruit of the Holy Spirit

By Rhoda Klein Miller  Vviiiiissssssshh droned the helplessly spinning tires against layers of compressed slush. There would be a brief pause before the sound repeated. The slope of Laurel Street and its frozen coating was a more challenging...

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Real Connection
Real Connection

By Robert Bestwick “What is something you must have every morning to find the energy for the rest of your day?” “Coffee!!” was my spontaneous and honest response to my pastor’s question, though the answer would not...

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